Thursday, November 4, 2010

Know HR

So, I'm reading the Know HR blog and the Top Takeaways from the Wharton Women in Business Conference and I realize that:

1. I have no mentor. I mean, there's my dad. I kinda take that as a built - in "do this, don't do that" filter. But no real mentor as far as I "relate to others".

2. I have no management style that I consciously know of. I suppose there's the "fire people early" style. When it's clear and obvious that someone has to go, don't hem and haw and wait years before you finally do the inevitable and fire them. Do it now. Other than that, I got nuthin'.

And to tell you the truth, I don't really understand this list. Which will not, I might add, prevent me from commenting on the list.

3. Know your ideal work/life balance. I'd add to that you should know your ideal work/work balance. Some people (like me) are great at starting things. New, big things. But if we have to manage and maintain them day in and day out we get bored. We want to build new big things. This is why I make movies rather than own a restaurant.

4. I have no idea what a game changer is. I think I'd rather not suck. Is that an option?

5. Partner yin to yang. Partnerships are hard. They're hard for a number of reasons but my guess is that the biggest one is that both partners really have to be on the same page as far as the goals of the company. Their expectations of what one another should be doing should be really clear to each of them. Partnerships are hard.

6. Don't dwell on mistakes. In any industry where live performance is part of the job, this is a thing which is in your brain all the time. You have to get out of your own head and be present. If you blew something you become much more likely to blow your next thing if you're focused or annoyed about your previous mistake. So sometimes you gotta cop an attitude like you don't care. Get relaxed, get focused. Get an attitude.


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